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Alberta Community Resilience Program


  • The next submission deadline is September 30, 2018 for 2019-20 fiscal funding

Program Overview

Downstream of Bow Falls in Banff

The Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) is a multi-year grant program supporting the development of long-term resilience to flood and drought events, while supporting integrated planning and healthy functioning watersheds.

The Alberta government acknowledges that extreme weather events, which contribute to flood and drought, are going to increase in frequency and severity as climate variability increases.

Adapting to these challenges today is critical in maintaining resilience and vibrant communities. The ACRP will promote a more resilient Alberta by investing in the design and implementation of projects that minimize risks and impacts to municipal infrastructure from flooding and drought events, and help ensure public safety.

The ACRP is a province-wide, cost-shared capital funding program with focus on long-term community resilience. This program is not intended to provide emergency funds or duplicate funding opportunities offered by other provincial grant programs. This program is administered by the Watershed Resilience and Mitigation Branch of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

Program Eligibility

Eligible projects under the ACRP include works that:

  • Enhance or enable protection of critical infrastructure, and/or
  • Mitigate public safety hazards

The ACRP will provide grants to:

  • First Nations
  • Improvement Districts
  • Metis Settlements
  • Municipalities
  • Special Areas

Ineligible Applicants include:

  • Non-profit groups
  • Private entities including individuals, associations and businesses
  • Regional Commissions

Critical municipal infrastructure includes water, wastewater, and stormwater works, as well as infrastructure used to access those services, including roads and transportation corridors, commercial and residential areas. Projects that protect non-critical municipal infrastructure, such as parks, campgrounds, and golf courses, etc., are not eligible for funding under the ACRP. These are considered appropriate use of floodway and flood fringe areas and may help to attenuate flows when allowed to flood.

When evaluating options, please be reminded that elimination of risk is desired. Buy out and land purchase options may be considered for high risk areas where economic and feasibility studies support this direction. Projects will be evaluated to ensure they are consistent with provincial policy and direction.

Responsibility of the Applicant

By submitting an application under the ACRP, the applicant is agreeing to take on all project liability. Any works funded under this Program must be owned and operated/maintained by the applicant. The applicant must also own or obtain legal consent to access the lands upon which the project is constructed.

Cost Share Requirements

For approved projects, AEP will provide 90 per cent of eligible engineering and construction costs up to $3 million, and 70 per cent of costs in excess of $3 million.

Costs associated with the operation and maintenance of a project are the responsibility of the applicant and are not eligible as part of the total cost of the project.

Applicants may also be asked to implement their project in phases, so it may be funded over a number of years. Projects in excess of $3 million will be considered for funding over multiple years to ensure effective use of funds.

Project Selection Criteria

Project priority and approval is based on eligibility criteria, economic and technical feasibility, and benefit to the community and the environment. Each fiscal year, projects will be selected by the department based on an assessment of the project’s longevity, mitigated risk, historical damage, urgency and environmental impacts. Distribution of funding between communities and local priority will be considered as part of this assessment.

Applicants will be asked to prioritize their submissions if more than one project is being submitted for consideration. Priority for funding will be given to projects that are likely to proceed in the coming year.

Additional information about the program can be found in the ACRP Application Guidelines Document.

For more information, see:

Program Guide and Forms

These documents provide an overview of the funding program and its strategic objectives and provide guidance to applicants applying for funding under the ACRP.

Approved Projects


Prior Years

For a listing of ACRP approved grants for the years of 2015 to 2017, please visit:

Submissions and Program Contacts

Please submit your grant applications on or before 12:00 midnight MST on September 30, annually, to:

If you require further information or clarification on the Alberta Community Resilience Program, please contact:

The operational boundaries of the former Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development are still active.


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Updated: Jul 24, 2018